The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part Two

Saturday, 10. February 2024

As we dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a game of ability and luck. The aim is to shift your pieces carefully around the game board to your inside board while at the same time your opposition shifts their checkers toward their home board in the opposing direction. With opposing player checkers moving in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for particular tactics at specific instances. Here are the last two Backgammon plans to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Strategy

If the goal of the blocking plan is to slow down the opponent to shift his pieces, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely stop any movement of the opponent by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s chips will either get bumped, or end up in a bad position if he/she at all tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be established anywhere between point two and point 11 in your game board. After you have successfully assembled the prime to stop the movement of the opponent, the competitor does not even get a chance to toss the dice, that means you shift your chips and roll the dice again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The aims of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game plan are very similar – to harm your competitor’s positions hoping to better your chances of succeeding, however the Back Game tactic uses alternate techniques to achieve that. The Back Game tactic is frequently used when you’re far behind your competitor. To participate in Backgammon with this technique, you need to hold 2 or more points in table, and to hit a blot late in the game. This tactic is more challenging than others to play in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your checkers and how the pieces are relocated is partially the result of the dice toss.

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